We spent 24 hours in Washington DC this week to tour two incredible spaces, Dupont Underground and Blind Whino, both of which anchor a really interesting and cool off-the-grid arts and events community.
Dupont Underground is a work-in-progress activation space that has reclaimed the subterranean trolley tunnels that were closed off in 1962 when the city’s streetcar system shut down. Other than designation as a fallout shelter in the late 1960s and hosting a short-lived food court on the west platform in the mid-1990s, the space has remained empty. Until now.
Also, true story, and not show here, there used to be a little dentist office down there, and the chair is still in the tunnel. Try running into that in the pitch dark and tell me if you ever sleep again.
Check out Scott’s time lapse below.
What do you get if you take a 130 year-old abandoned Baptist church, cover every square inch (inside and out) in psychedelic street art, and reimagine the inside as art gallery meets music venue meets activation space? Blind Whino. Amazing space (just ask Nike and Red Bull) in a neighborhood that has art and food and culture and new developments popping up on every corner.